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Giving Voice to the Past, featuring the University Singers

March 27, 2022 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The University Singers

Friends Appreciation event at the Coffman Theater

The University Singers
The University Singers

The annual Friends Appreciation event is our opportunity to thank you for your support! Please join us for an engaging program and reception.

Join us March 27 for “Giving Voice to the Past: Performing the Archive.” The event features the University Singers performing music that has been silent for over a century or, in some cases, never been performed. The musical scores are archived digitally by the University of Minnesota Libraries and are available on the English Heritage Music Series website.

Along with the University Singers, the event will feature emcee, Bradley Greenwald, who will also perform; Matthew Mehaffey, U of M Professor of Music; Dave Fielding, a self-described music “archaeologist” and the driving force behind archiving the music; and U of M Music Librarian Jessica Abbazio. 

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Event details

What: Giving Voice to the Past
Friends of the Libraries Appreciation event
When: Sunday, March 27; Program at 2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (Doors open at 2 p.m.)
Where: The Coffman Theater
Cost: FREE

Reservations are required.

About the University Singers

The University Singers is the flagship choral ensemble of the University of Minnesota. This auditioned ensemble, conducted jointly by Professors Kathy Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, performs both as a large choir and divides into smaller chamber ensembles. Singers explore a variety of classical and global repertoire for mixed chorus from the Renaissance through the 21st century. Concerts, both on and off-campus, include convention presentations, touring, and collaborations with ensembles including the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, other college and community choruses, and School of Music ensembles.

About Matthew Mehaffey

Matthew Mehaffey
Matthew Mehaffey

American conductor and educator Matthew Mehaffey is crafting a national reputation in the field of choral/orchestral music through his engaging artistry, collaborative spirit, affirming pedagogical style, and entrepreneurial approach to concert programming.

As a conductor, Dr. Mehaffey serves as Music Director of two respected civic choruses, The Oratorio Society of Minnesota and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh – the “Chorus of Choice” of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

As a teacher, Dr. Mehaffey is Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota, where he conducts the University Singers and Men’s Chorus, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and music literature, and is the 2015 recipient of the Arthur “Red” Motley Exemplary Teaching Award.

About Dave Fielding

David Fielding (Photo by Tracy Walsh)
David Fielding (Photo by Tracy Walsh)

Fielding is a a self-described music “archaeologist.” His working career included executive-level positions in commercial aviation, not-for profit (Greater Twin Cities United Way) and State of Minnesota (Director – Plant Management). After retiring in 2011, Fielding was able to devote himself to music full time. Working in close coordination with university libraries in the UK, Fielding tracks down autograph manuscripts for works in the Public Domain, secures the necessary approvals, and arranges for scan copies. Using Finale notation software, he then transcribes the original autographed manuscripts into performance scores. Fielding approached Mehaffey in 2020 to explore options for making these scores available to researchers, university libraries, and performers. That led to the U of M Libraries Publishing Services developing the “English Heritage Music Series” website, which launched in February 2021.

About Jessica Abbazio

Jessica Abbazio, Music Librarian
Jessica Abbazio, Music Librarian (Photo by Karen Carmody-McIntosh)

Jessica M. Abbazio holds a Ph.D in Musicology and an M.A. in Music History & Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.L.S. in Music Librarianship from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a B.M. in Music Education from George Mason University. She is an Assistant Librarian at the University of Minnesota, where her portfolio includes instruction, reference, outreach, and public services at the University of Minnesota Music Library. Her research in the fields of information science and librarianship has centered on public engagement, outreach, information literacy, and collection development, and her musicological research focused on Italian-language comic opera of the mid-eighteenth century and the music of Antonio Salieri.

About Bradley Greenwald

Bradley Greenwald (Photo by Devon Cox)

Bradley Greenwald is a singer, actor, writer and director. He has been on the Friends of the Libraries Board since 2016, and currently co-chairs the Events Committee.



March 27, 2022
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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